Details on new Simon Joyner LP; Nebraska Folklife event; Sidewalk Chalk plays elementary school; Mint Wad Willy album release

Hear Nebraska presents Kill County and Simon Joyner at O’Leaver’s on Oct. 17, and it now appears both bands are on the cusp of new releases.

We’ve premiered “Beat Up Iron,” Kill County’s first single from the forthcoming Broken Glass in the Sun, a completed record waiting on a release date.

Joyner will perform at O’Leaver’s with his full band of Ghosts on Friday, which he said in an e-mail will include Jim Schroeder of UUVVWWZ on guitar and Alec Erickson on bass. Joyner says his new record features all the “regular Ghosts” and some new additions.

Also on the album: Noah Sterba (of Yuppies), Erickson, Mike Friedman (Little Brazil, The Lupines), Megan Siebe (Anniversaire), David Nance, Chris Deden, Lonnie Methe (Rake Kash) and Kevin Donahue (Yuppies). There’s a handful of guest appearances as well, including Ben Brodin (who recorded the album at ARC Studios) Brian Crook and Maryrose Crook.

Joyner says the new record is a stripped down, sparse effort compared to his last full-length, 2012’s Ghosts. The arrangements are primarily Joyner, Erickson on bass and Donahue on drums.

Catch the full band next week and look for the new Joyner record this spring. RSVP to the show here.

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Quick turnaround: Last night, Icky Blossoms played University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Maverick Mayhem homecoming celebration with Kethro and Mean Street. You can catch the event’s highlight reel as of this morning, produced and edited by Eric Anderson. Icky Blossoms’ performance of “Deep in the Throes” carries the video.

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Nebraska Folklife Network hosts its Harvest of Traditions event tomorrow at Antelope Park in Lincoln. Performances begin at 10 a.m.

Jerome Kills Small will perform Lakota songs and dances. Omaha singer-songwriter Edem will perform her Mediterranean-African music. Karen dancers will showcase traditional dances from Burma. And Kokyo Taiko will stage a Japanese drum presentation.

The free event runs until 3 p.m.

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Hear Nebraska contributor and violinist Kaitlyn Hova was featured in the Omaha World-Herald yesterday.

Hova, a noted synesthesiac, and her husband Matt have built a program to simulate her experience of seeing notes and music as color.

Matthew Hansen wrote the article to preview the Hovas’ presentation of their synesthesia machine at TedxOmaha on Oct. 25.

The article explains, as best as words could, Hova’s experience with synesthesia, a neurological condition that blends her senses. To see the simulator in action, and a bunch of other talks, get tickets to TedxOmaha here. Our Molly Misek shot the below video with Hova earlier this year.

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Lincoln Calling heads into its fourth night tonight with a Sower Records showcase at Duffy’s, (including a Bonehart Flannigan album release party), Bailiff at Vega, The Renfields at Tower Square, A Ferocious Jungle Cat plays at The Bourbon and Blue Bird plays at Yia Yia’s. Sidewalk Chalk and Thirst Things First play The Zoo Bar.

Tomorrow night, The Kickback, Little Brazil, Ages and Ages and Halfwit play a Duffy’s rock blowout. Buckhunter, Bentone and Sharkweek DJ at The Mix and Orion Walsh plays The Zoo Bar.

Tomorrow morning, Sidewalk Chalk will play an impromptu show on the steps of Everett Elementary at 11 and C streets. The free performance begins at 11 a.m.

Lincoln Calling concludes on Sunday with Oketo and The Wondermonds at Tower Square and the Zoolarious Comedy Showcase at The Zoo Bar.

Check out the full Lincoln Calling schedule here.

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In Omaha, Junkstock happens this weekend near 192nd and Dodge streets with a full music lineup. Brad Hoshaw, Sarah Benck and Midwest Dilemma play today. Scott Severin, Evan Bartels and Matt Cox all play tomorrow, and All Young Girls Are Machine Guns kicks off Sunday.

See the full lineup and RSVP here.

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Mint Wad Willy releases a new album tomorrow night with The Sub-Vectors, Those Far Out Arrows and Robo Dojo at Barley Street Tavern. RSVP to the show here. The raucous Iowa City transplants call the new album wonferdul.